NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter could be headed back to the disabled list.
The Yankees said Friday that Jeter has a Grade 1 quad strain. He won't play in this weekend's series against the Twins, and general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged that he could return to the DL.
Jeter made his 2013 debut Thursday after missing the first three months of the season working his way back from two broken bones in his left ankle. He returned as a designated hitter but couldn't make it through the first game.
The Yankees first described Jeter's quad injury as "tightness," and Cashman said Jeter had called it a cramp.
"A cramp for Derek is something more than a cramp," Cashman said.
Cashman disputed the idea that the Yankees had brought Jeter back too soon. The original plan was for Jeter to return Friday, but the plan changed after both Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner were injured Wednesday night.
Cashman said that there is some hope that Jeter will be able to play next weekend in Boston when the Yankees come back after the All-Star break. But he said a return to the DL remains a real possibility.
Jeter suffered the broken ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS last October. He originally thought he'd be able to return by opening day but had a setback that was later diagnosed as a second break in the ankle.
Jeter worked his way back, and many people said he looked better than expected in his four-game minor-league rehabilitation assignment. But in his third at-bat Thursday for the Yankees, Jeter felt the quad problem while running to first base.
He remained in the game for one more at-bat but had trouble running to first and was later lifted for a pinch hitter. Jeter said after the game that he hoped to play Friday but admitted that an MRI exam could change that plan.
As it turned out, it did.
It's easy to see this latest injury as a sign that age is catching up with Jeter, who turned 39 on June 26.
"I don't want to say this is Father Time knocking on the door," Cashman said. "He really is coming back from something significant."